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Submission + - What Today's Coders Know That Old Timers Didn't (

jfruhlinger writes: "It's not uncommon to hear programmers from the early days of computing complaining that the current generation doesn't know how to work with resource constraints, slow Internet connections, or assembly language. But those whippersnappers have a host of skills that their predecessors never needed: writing asynchronous code, writing code that can easily be maintained by teams, and writing apps that actually provide a good user experience, for instance."

Submission + - Standards Make Rapid Software Releases Workable (

jfruhlinger writes: "There was a bit of a kerfuffle when the Mozilla Foundation's community coordinator brushed aside concerns from enterprises that Mozilla's rapid release schedule clashed with organizations' need carefully vet software upgrades. One thing that could bridge the gap between these worldviews is a widespread adoption of open standards. After all, if IE 6 dealt with Webpages in a standard way, it wouldn't have been so painful to keep it around as long as it lurked on many corporate desktops."

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